Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2)
Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: November 6th 2012
Format: Kindle (529 pages)
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living – one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.
Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel – a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.
This was not that world.
My Rating: ★★★★★
Laini Taylor can literally do no wrong. My mind is blown just by the fact that her brain could conjure up such a fantastical world full of colourful characters and incredible plot. I am so in awe of her right now and I’m steaming through this trilogy (I’ve read the first two books in 4 days…)
Days of Blood and Starlight in so many ways was the typical middle book of a trilogy. The thing I loved most about Daughter of Smoke and Bone was Karou and learning as much as possible about her. In this second book there isn’t so much of a focus on her as I would have liked. Clearly she is still our main character but Days of Blood and Starlight also offers perspectives from new and unknown characters as well as more from Akiva, Liraz and Hazael. That being said this book does wonders in bringing us leaps and bounds ahead in the plot for this trilogy. I’ve left the end of this book absolutely gagging to pick up the third one (which I shall do after reading the novella) and it has perfectly set us up for what I’m imagining will be a flipping marvellous end to this wondrous trilogy.
SO much happens in this book. There are moments of joy (not many, but they can be found!), moments where I laughed (again, not many but thank you Zuzana for being a sassy badass) and many, many moments of sorrow and sadness. My heart was aching at so many points during this book and it really went to show me how much of a connection I have drawn to this world and its many colourful characters. The way Laini writes just captivates me and completely draws me into her world and I love it. There was something so poetic about the writing in this book that felt so much more amplified from Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
The characters continue to be amazing. Karou has quickly become an all time favourite for me, I just adore her. Zuzana is the BEST and I adore her and Mik together. I enjoyed reading more about Akiva, Liraz and Hazael too and seeing how they began to make choices they didn’t originally know they were capable of.
Basically I continue to love everything about this trilogy and I’ve rushed this review so I can go and pick up book 3! (Ps. I’ve finished the trilogy now!)
Have you read Days of Blood and Starlight? What did you think?
What other YA fantasy trilogies do you like?